Accession Number : ADB026467

Title :   Launch Opportunity for Air-to-Ground, Visually Delivered Weapons.

Descriptive Note : Target acquisition study rept. for period ending 1977,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s) : Erickson, Ronald A. ; Burge, Carol J.

Report Date : JAN 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : This report presents a method for computing the probability of an aircrew being able to visually locate a ground target and launch a weapon against it. The major factors used in the computations are target acquisition performance, aircraft maneuvering requirements, terrain masking, visibility, and weapon operating time. Estimates of these factors are based on real-world data whenever possible, as opposed to mathematical modeling. The algorithm used to combine these factors is described, the computer program is given, and sample results are presented. The results show that the probability of releasing or launching a weapon on a target is quite low in many situations. (Author)

Descriptors :   *AERIAL DELIVERY, *WEAPON DELIVERY, *AIR TO SURFACE, *TARGET ACQUISITION, *ALGORITHMS, VISUAL PERCEPTION, FLIGHT CREWS, BOMBS, GUIDED MISSILES, ROCKETS, GUNFIRE, ACCURACY, PROBABILITY, TERRAIN MASKING, AIRSPEED, FLIGHT PATHS, ALTITUDE, COMPUTER PROGRAMS.

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability
      Computer Programming and Software
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE